Wedding Planning in Italy – Part 7 of 9: Cake

written by Tiana Kai

Traditional Italian wedding cakes are simple, coated in powdered sugar or fresh fruit and filled with some kind of cream. Typically, you would choose from crostata di frutta (fruit tarte), millefoglie (thousand layers) or pan di spagna (sponge cake).

We had millefoglie. It was three tiers of sweet, crispy, flaky pastry dough filled with fresh whipped cream and cream filling – making it lighter than a regular cream filled one.

To personalize it, my Mom and I scrambled through Florence’s toy stores for a cake topper and found two precious Stormtroopers from a Star Wars Lego set. I painted one’s head red to represent me. It’s the geek in us, what can I say. The Stormtroopers and the top tier are waiting for us in our freezer until July 4th, 2013. We hope it won’t get freezer burned.

Did you have a traditional or modern cake? What kind of cake topper?

UPDATE: We ate the top tier at our one year anniversary, so check it out!

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5 comments

LUCY May 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm

CAN YOU GIVE ME AN IDEA OF WHAT IT COST?? IM IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANISING MY WEDDING AND IVE BEEN QUOTED €250 FOR MILLEFOGLIE CAKE AND THERE ARE APPROX 35 PEOPLE. I THOUGHT IT WAS EXPENSIVE BUT WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AN IDEA.

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Tiana Kai May 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hi Lucy, first off congrats! I hope the planning is smoother than mine was! My cake was €200 although €200 for cream and pastry sounds nuts, but it was the best I ever had. Is your wedding in Tuscany?

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Hiba March 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Hi Tiana! Love your blog! Would you be able to tell me who made your wedding cake? I am getting married in Tuscany this summer and don’t want to spend ridiculous amounts of money on the cake.

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Tiana Kai April 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Tuscany is a big place…where exactly are you getting married? My baker is in Florence somewhere. Congrats on the engagement, hopefully the wedding planning has been pretty smooth!

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